Monday Morning Bulletin Board
Don’t let Monday morning and the long week ahead get you down. There’s plenty of sporting action to keep you entertained this week, and plenty of games to bet on.
Betting Sports has sifted through the sporting schedules for the upcoming week to bring you the action worth checking out. Read on and forget those Monday morning blues.
Tennis: 2014 US Open
Flushing, N.Y., will be the destination of choice for tennis fans over the next two weeks as the world’s best compete in the final tennis major of the year. 2013 men’s champion Rafael Nadal withdrew from the event with injury, leaving Novak Djokavic as the favorite. Meanwhile, Serena Williams enters yet another tournament as favorite in the ladies’ event.
International Basketball: USA vs. Slovenia
With its 12-man roster in place, the United States men’s basketball team will play one more warmup game ahead of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, commencing August 30 in Spain. On Tuesday, Team USA will face fellow qualifiers Slovenia in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. Watch as head coach Mike Kryzewski looks to mold his players into a fine-tuned unit ahead of the tournament proper.
MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates
Wednesday sees postseason hopefuls the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates close out a three-game set with a matinee in the Steel City. The Pirates are still within striking distance of the Cardinals in the wild card race, but will need to score wins in this series if they’re to avoid slip sliding away.
NCAAF: No. 21 Texas A&M at No. 9 South Carolina
While college football season officially begins on Wednesday with a matchup between Abilene Christian and Georgia State, Thursday sees the first headline action of the long weekend, including this top 25 matchup between No. 9 South Carolina and No. 21 Texas A&M. Much is expected of the SEC again this season, and this game should set the conference standard out early.
MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants
Both the Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants are making postseason plans, but both clubs will need to fend off opposition to ensure they book a place in the National League’s top five. The two clubs start a three-game series on Friday night, a series that could damage both sides’ October chances.
NCAAF: No. 1 Florida State vs. Oklahoma State
Saturday’s schedule features a slew of top quality matchups for you to choose from. The defending champion, and favorite to take home a national championship again this year, No. 1 Florida State begins its campaign with a potentially tricky game against unranked Oklahoma State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. An upset win for the Cowboys would really start the season with a bang.
UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Barão II
Saturday’s not just about college football. In the Ultimate Fighting Championship, newly-crowned bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw defends his title against the man he took it from, Renan Barão. Will Dillashaw dominate like he did in the first matchup, or will Barão return to the type of form that had some labelling him the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world?
MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Chivas USA
Sunday is derby day in Major League Soccer as the Los Angeles Galaxy goes head-to-head with Chivas USA at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The Galaxy is currently sitting pretty in the Western Conference playoff picture, while Chivas USA is languishing at the bottom of the conference standings. That won’t stop the latter trying to spoil the Galaxy party in what is likely to be a heated affair.
The Minnesota Lynx became the first team to advance to the conference finals this past weekend, knocking off Becky Hammon and the San Antonio Stars. Who will join the Lynx in the next round of postseason action?
NFL Regular Season
The regular season kicks off next Thursday with the Green Bay Packers visiting the Seattle Seahawks, so here’s a last call to get your preseason NFL futures pick in. Do you, like the bookmakers, expect the Denver Broncos to win it all? Are you contemplating laying a bet down on the dark horse Baltimore Ravens? Or are you one of the millions praying that the Dallas Cowboys finally have a season to remember? Whichever team you’ve got, get your bet in now.